Since its inception in 1987, Mountain Rose Herbs has maintained a commitment to provide high quality and organic health products to its customers, with a focus on “people, plants and planet.”
Part of this commitment extends to the company’s ongoing broad and successful sustainability program, which includes reductions in energy consumption and support of renewable energy sources, and a program to neutralize any remaining carbon emissions it cannot eliminate.
Over the past ten years, Mountain Rose Herbs has offset 2208.15 metric tons of greenhouse gases – that’s almost 5 million pounds or the equivalent of carbon dioxide sequestered by 1,810 acres of forests in one year. The company’s entire annual carbon footprint, including shipping, customer service, executive travel, distribution, etc., is offset through the Carbonfund.org.
“Mountain Rose Herbs has made it a priority to reduce our carbon footprint with our newly installed solar array and partnership with Carbonfund.org,” explains Alyssa Lawless, Director of Sustainability at Mountain Rose Herbs.
In 2015, Mountain Rose Herb installed over 100 photovoltaic solar panels to generate electricity for the main facility in Eugene, Oregon. The 25 kWh solar array installed on the roof will produce an estimated 32,604 kWh of power in the first year, saving money and investing in renewable energy. Over the expected 35 year lifespan of the system, it is anticipated to offset 470 tons of CO2, which is equivalent to the conservation of 10,980 trees or 48,170 gallons of gasoline. And for MRH employees, the company installed a two dock electric vehicle charging station, continuing to innovate and reduce its overall carbon footprint.
Energy conservation is paramount at Mountain Rose Herbs. Their facility was constructed to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards and uses Energy Star appliances. Mountain Rose Herbs is proud to have converted to 100% renewable energy by transferring its conventional electrical power usage to renewable energy sources, credits, and development.
The average American is responsible for 10 tons of CO2 emissions annually through their direct energy use at home, driving and flying. However, the average American is responsible for about 23 tons of CO2 when you also include their purchases, activities and the other services we all share throughout the economy.
While most people and businesses can reduce energy use by improving the efficiency of their homes and offices, buying cars that get better gas mileage and making other changes, reducing it to zero through individual actions is nearly impossible. Carbon offsets are a cost effective way to reduce the remainder of one’s climate footprint, and companies like Mountain Rose Herbs continue to lead the way in operational sustainability.
New Denver eatery in LoDo “Lower Downtown”, Honor Society Handcrafted Eatery, is doing things right. Honor Society’s menu offerings reflect a healthy and sustainable lifestyle, providing its customers with dining choices full of nutrients and flavors from fresh, local, and prepared-from-scratch ingredients.
Honor Society is committed to doing the right thing for customers, employees, communities and our world. As evidence, Honor Society chose to calculate its estimated annual operating emissions then make a donation to Carbonfund.org to neutralize the impact of those emissions. Honor Society’s donation is supporting carbon emissions reduction, clean air and forest preservation projects. In this way, Honor Society acknowledges and addresses the impact that food sourcing has on our planet.
Honor Society’s restaurant is one of the few restaurants in the world to achieve the prestigious LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum Status from the U.S. Green Building Council. The restaurant’s interior is designed through a concept they’ve coined “barn meets loft”. This contemporary combination of natural reclaimed surfaces combined with clean contemporary sight lines hopes to inspire customers with not only the quality of their food, but also the comfort and natural aura of the dining environment.
At Honor Society, caring for the environment we live in is equally as important as caring about the food that promotes healthy living and the communities that support us. Carbonfund.org is proud to partner with Honor Society in their efforts to offer Denver an environmentally responsible dining experience.
It takes continuous effort to manage and reduce carbon emissions associated with running a business. Long-term Carbonfree® Business Partner Mountain Rose Herbs takes this commitment to operational sustainability very seriously and has made great progress to “reduce what you can, offset what you can’t™” year over year.
Mountain Rose Herbs offers high quality organic bulk herbs, gourmet spices, loose leaf teas, essential oils, herbal extracts, and natural body care ingredients, including certified organic, fair trade, ethically wild harvested, and Kosher certified botanical products, through its online store. The company’s primary facility was constructed with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards and relies heavily on natural lighting. Energy demand was further reduced by making a complete lighting upgrade to energy-efficient bulbs in principal facilities and installing Energy-Star rated heating and cooling systems.
In addition, Mountain Rose Herbs upgraded all computers to those with Gold Star ratings for energy conservation, minimal shipment packaging, and elimination of environmentally harmful materials, as well as more energy-efficient flat screen monitors. The company converted all electrical usage to a local Green Power program to ensure that a significant portion of electricity comes from wind and solar sources.
Even with all of these efforts, management at Mountain Rose Herbs recognizes that the company still produces carbon emissions. Since 2008, they’ve worked with Carbonfund.org to measure and offset these unavoidable emissions by supporting clean energy and carbon reduction projects such as a wind farm in India, a methane collection plant in New York, and Carbonfund.org’s forest conservation work in Brazil. To date, the company has neutralized over 4 million pounds of carbon emissions, equivalent to taking 400 passenger cars off the road for a year!
Carbonfund.org applauds Mountain Rose Herbs for its long-term and continuous commitment to sustainability and is honored to partner with the company to help achieve its goals.
For the past six years, Benco Dental, the largest privately-owned dental distribution company in the United States, has augmented its commitment to “Lean and Green” operations by neutralizing carbon emissions associated with its National Sales Meeting. Through this program, Benco Dental has mitigated the negative impact of almost 6 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions, equivalent to neutralizing emissions from driving a standard passenger car 6.4 billion miles, by supporting Carbonfund.org's clean air and carbon emissions reduction projects.
A focus on the environment can be felt throughout Benco, starting with their CenterPoint headquarters in Pittston, PA, designed to meet and exceed USGBC guidelines and attain LEED certification. The company’s “Go Green” program identifies its products that meet 10 criteria universally recognized as reducing a product’s environmental impact and designates the eco-friendly products with a green leaf.
The Benco Dental “Lean and Green” team is made up of associates who volunteer their time to organize and conduct community tree plantings and cleanups throughout the year, and help to identify ways Benco can be environmentally friendly. Associates also participate in an extensive recycling program that includes paper, cardboard, glass, plastic, aluminum, batteries, CDs, DVDs and toner cartridges.
Building a brighter greener future is part of Benco Dental Company’s mission, and Carbonfund.org is proud to partner with Benco in achieving its goals.
Tsoi/Kobus & Associates (TK&A), an architectural, interior design and planning practice headquartered in Cambridge, MA with over three decades of service to its clients and community, attributes much of its success and cultural alignment with the green building movement. In 2000, TK&A joined the US Green Building Council (USGBC) to enhance and expand the firm’s expertise and became an early adopter of pursuing Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification for their clients’ projects, including the first LEED certified buildings on the campuses of Washington University, Boston College and a LEED Core & Shell (CS) Pilot Project. In 2009, TK&A joined “A Better City,” a consortium of Boston-area businesses whose goal is to reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions through their “Challenge for Sustainability” program. TK&A engaged in the program and has taken the steps to initiate annual reporting of its own business operations through a Corporate Social & Environmental Responsibility Report, including a detailed accounting and neutralization of the firm’s annual operational carbon emissions, in partnership with Carbonfund.org.
Since 2011, TK&A’s firm-wide carbon emissions offset program has resulted in a balancing of 1,877 metric tonnes (MTs) – over 4 million pounds - of CO2 emissions from its operations (504 MTs in 2014). The emissions neutralization program has had the same positive environmental impact as planting 48,000 tree seedlings and allowing them to grow for ten years.
TK&A plans to continue tracking and offsetting operational emissions while simultaneously engaging staff to help reduce the firm’s impacts on the planet, engaging staff in daily mindfulness of sustainable behaviors that benefit the business and their practice. These efforts culminated in The City of Cambridge awarding TK&A two “Go-Green” awards in 2012 in the Large Business Category for “Transportation” and “Climate Change.”
Carbonfund.org congratulates Tsoi/Kobus & Associates on its progressive positions on operational sustainability and reporting, and for continuing to achieve Carbonfree® business operations.
LEI Electronics and Eco Alkalines™ Batteries are pleased to announce their latest launch with W.W. Grainger, Inc. (Grainger), a Chicago-based Fortune 500 company that shares the Eco Alkalines ™ vision for creating and supplying sustainable businesses and communities.
Grainger is committed to environmental stewardship in their operations and are dedicated to being a leader in sustainability. In addition to operating Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified facilities and working with the U.S. Green Building Council, Grainger is the first industrial distributor to publically disclose their carbon footprint through the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).
Like Grainger, Eco Alkalines™ batteries are committed to environmental sustainability and green innovation. Eco-Alkalines™ batteries are environmentally friendly and landfill safe. They are manufactured with earth friendly derivatives and contain 0% trace amounts of harmful metals such as Mercury, Cadmium and Lead.
Eco Alkalines™ batteries have been certified Carbonfree® by Carbonfund.org Foundation and NSF Sustainability for the past three years. This program requires that the batteries’ complete cradle-to-grave life cycle is analyzed, the per-unit carbon emissions is determined then neutralized for each battery unit sold. In addition to neutralizing life cycle carbon footprints, the batteries continue to meet and exceed some of the most important international standards such as PAS 2050 (carbon label standard) and ISO 14044 (life cycle assessment standard), and they can be used to count towards prerequisites and credits in LEED certified building projects and building operation.
In addition to their innovative and unique green credentials and applications, Eco Alkalines™ perform equal to or better than the leading national brands in performance and longevity tests. Eco Alkalines™ have a guaranteed 5-year shelf life and a unique patented leak resistant seal ensuring that they will not leak into your devices.
Despite their pioneering eco accolades and novel technology, Eco Alkalines™ batteries are competitively priced compared to the leading national brands. As eco-friendly technology evolves to a ‘must’ rather than a choice, Eco Alkalines™ does not believe that consumers and companies should have to pay a premium for a green product.
Eco Alkalines™ is a great choice for environmentally-conscious consumers, as the brand continues to create an environmental awareness with a message of its commitment to reduced world-wide carbon emissions and its suggestion to use recycled material and recycle when and where possible. Customers can purchase Eco Alkalines™ batteries and other green products through a retail branch, in the 2013 Grainger catalog or on www.grainger.com and www.acklandsgrainger.com.
ANN ARBOR, Mich., BETHESDA, Md. & BARRIE, Ontario, Canada (September 18, 2012) - Carbonfund.org Foundation and NSF International are pleased to announce the renewal of LEI Electronics’ Eco Alkalines™ batteries into the CarbonFree® Product Certification Program. In addition to completing a carbon footprint, the batteries continue to meet and exceed some of the most important international standards such as PAS 2050 (carbon label standard) and ISO 14044 (life cycle assessment standard).
LEI’s Eco Alkalines™ batteries are entering their third year under the CarbonFree® Product Certification Program offered through NSF International’s Sustainability Division. CarbonFree® certified products are available in multiple countries and LEI reports increasing sales as the product continues to gain acceptance from consumers seeking a cleaner way to meet their battery needs. For example, retailers such as Best Buy, Costco, Grainger, Walmart, Amazon, The Home Depot and many others are recognizing the value of these batteries and offering them to their eco-conscious customers. Commercial customers also report using LEI’s Eco Alkalines™ batteries to assist in meeting their green goals.
LEI Electronics Eco Alkalines™ batteries may also contribute to earning LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) credits. LEED was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to provide building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operation and maintenance solutions. LEED is based on a credit system and points are allocated based on the potential environmental impacts and human benefits of each credit. Under the current LEED credit system, Eco Alkalines™ batteries may contribute to earning one prerequisite and one point under the LEED category of Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance (EBOM) rating system.
Lionel Lalonde, Partner and Vice President of Sales at Eco Alkalines™, credits their steadily increasing sales to the growing consumer demand for sustainable products and the competitive market edge and product confidence associated with the CarbonFree® Product Certification Program. "Certification sets us apart from our competitors," says Lalonde. "We are currently the world's only disposable alkaline battery with this certification. We have found that certification has helped to increase our market share and create customer and brand loyalty among consumers who are seeking to purchase and use eco-friendly products."
CarbonFree® certification also lends credibility to Eco Alkalines™, a relatively newer brand, in a marketplace of well-known battery products. "Although many products claim to be ‘green’ or ‘eco-friendly,’ these terms are often used loosely or without a clear description of what that means. We wanted third-party verification from two trusted and recognizable organizations – Carbonfund.org and NSF International - so that consumers would understand and have faith in our green claims," added Lalonde.
Eric Carlson, President of Carbonfund.org Foundation, agrees, “Eco Alkalines™ batteries are an important solution to climate change, providing consumers a simple and affordable way to meet their daily needs while limiting their impact on our environment and supporting innovative carbon-reducing projects globally. Eco Alkalines™ is continuing its commitment to environmental protection and proof positive that what is good for the planet is also good business.”
“By maintaining its CarbonFree® certification through NSF International, LEI’s Eco Alkalines™ batteries continue to lead the disposable battery industry to a more sustainable future and provide businesses and consumers with a certified carbon neutral battery that will help them achieve their green building and sustainability goals,” said Tom Bruursema, General Manager of NSF Sustainability.
Manufactured with 0 percent mercury, lead, and cadmium, Eco Alkalines™ batteries set the standard for responsible disposable alkaline batteries. Eco Alkalines™ brand batteries have ZERO of these heavy metals while all other batteries carry at least one or more of these toxic elements. Eco Alkalines™ batteries use recycled materials where possible and contain 98 percent plus recyclable content. While they are considered landfill safe, recycling is still advised where available. Eco Alkalines™ also have a patented leak resistant seal, ensuring they will not leak into devices.
Visit Eco Alkalines™ at the annual Greenbuild Conference November 14-15 at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Calif. Or learn more by visiting: www.leiproducts.com/eco-alkalines.
About LEI: LEI was established as Logitech Electronics Inc. in 1988. LEI quickly grew to a flourishing import, wholesale, and distribution business with offices in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Shenzhen to support the growing North American business. In addition to the domestic business LEI provided private label products for KOSS Corporation, Sanyo Canada and in excess of 500 private label products for the former RadioShack Canada. Today LEI is an ISO 9001:2008 registered company. They specialize in brand development, global sourcing, web fulfillment, and distribution with an emphasis on eco-friendly products.
AboutCarbonfund.org Foundation: Carbonfund.org is a leading nonprofit climate solutions organization, making it easy and affordable for individuals, businesses and organizations to reduce their climate impact and hasten our transition to a low-carbon economy. Carbonfund.org supports innovative renewable energy, energy efficiency and forestry projects globally that reduce carbon emissions and help people. Carbonfund.org has worked with over 2,000 corporate and nonprofit partners. More at www.carbonfund.org.
About NSF International: NSF International is an independent organization that writes standards, tests and certifies products for the construction, food, water and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment.
NSF Sustainability draws upon this expertise in standards development, product assurance and certification, advisory services and quality management systems to help companies green their products, operations, systems and supply chains. Product assessments include testing and certification for sustainable products such as green chemicals and building products. Through its National Center for Sustainability Standards, NSF also develops sustainability standards for products such as carpet, flooring, and other commercial building materials.
Additional NSF services include Education and Training, safety audits for the food and water industries, nutritional/dietary supplement certification, organic certification provided by QAI (Quality Assurance International) and management systems registrations delivered through NSF International Strategic Registrations (NSF-ISR). NSF-ISR services include ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems registration, Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and Chain of Custody (COC) certifications.